Five things to learn from Apple’s iPhone 7 launch

In September 2016, Apple revealed its much-anticipated iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It was certainly worth the wait. Apple’s Chief Executive, Tim Cook, presented the new smartphone in San Francisco and revealed a number of exciting new features. If you weren’t able to tune into the launch, don’t worry, just read on for a handy guide to the five key takeaways from the event.

To start, the cheapest version of the iPhone comes with a size of 32GB, while more expensive models have 128GB and 256GB available. A new range of colors are available, including the new ‘Jet Black’, and the phones are dust and water resistant. So, what else can you expect?

Goodbye to the headphone jack

You’re used to plugging in your headphones to listen to music or videos. The trouble is the headphone portal was preventing Apple from slimming down their smartphones. As a result, they’ve decided to ditch it.

Don’t worry, though, you’ll still be able to listen to music, either by using an adapter for your old headphones or by using the wired ones that come with the phone that plug into the Lightning Connector port. Both of these will be included with the new phone. Apple has also launched AirPods, wireless chargeable headphones, which are small and convenient.

Brand new camera

Ever felt frustrated that you’ve been unable to zoom in on a photo with your iPhone camera? Well, there’s good news for you. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with two front-facing lenses, which enable the user to zoom in when taking a photo and capture every detail. And you’ll be able to get better detailed effects too, such as having the background blurred out with the foreground in focus.

More fun iMessaging

The iPhone will also be equipped with a more interactive, engaging form of messaging. iOS10 will include predictive emojis, which will allow the user to replace words with icons, inviting them to select one when they type.

If you’re proud of your really neat handwriting, you’ll have the chance to show it off – Apple will be adding handwritten notes.

If you thought that wasn’t enough, users will be able to send animations alongside messages. If you’re wishing someone a happy birthday, you’ll be able to send virtual balloons and party poppers.

Perhaps the coolest feature is invisible ink, which will allow you to send coded messages to your relatives. By choosing this option, you’ll be able to blur a message, which only reveals itself when the recipient swipes over it.

New Apple Watch

Along with the smartphone, Tim Cook announced a new version of Apple Watch, the Series 2, which can be partnered with the iPhone 7. It’s a much slimmer model, which comes equipped with GPS and a Nike Run Club app, importing elements of social media platforms. Plus, if you drop it into a puddle or want to go for a swim, then you no longer have to worry that you’ve damaged your precious watch. That’s right, it’s water resistant to a depth of 50 meters.

Super Mario!

Gaming fans were delighted to learn that Super Mario Run – the gaming legend’s first appearance on a smartphone – will be available first on the iPhone. With Pokemon Go already a cultural phenomenon, Nintendo is expecting big things for their latest offering in the mobile gaming space.

The new iPhone is available from 16th September. What’s the feature you’re most excited about? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Plus, if you’re interested in what’s happening in the Android space, read our post on IFA 2016.